Welcome to our school! Choosing to study abroad is an important decision in your life. The YMCA International Language School can help you achieve your objectives for learning a second language. Every year, hundreds of students from different countries come to study at the YMCA School. The Y team is here to help you have an incredible and unforgettable experience. We offer quality courses and our activities will help you discover and experience Montréal! 

Would you like to meet with us?

Our international student advisors travel the world sharing the School’s programs with potential students, so we just might be visiting your city. Contact us to find out our travel schedule! 

Here you will find the information about our school that will help you plan your stay in Montreal.
(The delay between the start of the process and your arrival varies from 10 to 30 days depending on whether you require a visa or not).  

Before your arrival

1. You can register:

    • On our website;
    • By email at info@ymcalanguages.ca (contact one of our Foreign Student Advisors);
    • Through an agent in your country. 

2 - Consult the procedures to be followed for administrative purposes
     Choice of courses click here – length of stay – choice of accommodation type – insurance – transportation –
     letter of acceptance for visa…

Your arrival in Montréal 

We recommend you arrive in Montréal 2 to 3 days before the start of the courses.
Once in Montréal, quickly make an appointment with the School (through your Advisor or by calling) to take your placement test. 

    • If you have opted for the transportation service: you will be welcomed at Pierre-Elliott Trudeau Airport and we will bring you to your place of accommodation. 
    • If you have not opted for the transportation service:
        - You can take a taxi at the airport;
        - You can take the airport shuttle which brings you to downtown Montréal. From there you can then take the Metro or bus. 

The first day at school

International students arriving in Montreal a few days before the start of a session may book an appointment for their placement test prior to the first day of class. The appointment can be arranged with the Foreign Student Advisor.

If you have not taken the placement test to determine your level, you must go to the School at 8:00 a.m.

To find out more about our day programs, click here.

At 3:45 p.m., you must attend an orientation session where you will receive important information about your stay: 

    • Presentation of the administrative team and word of welcome;
    • Information about the School (policies, regulations, etc.);
    • Information about Montréal (map of the city and the Metro will be provided);
    • Information necessary in the event of illness;
    • Guided tour of the fitness centre.  

Schedule of courses:
French courses are offered from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.
English courses are offered from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. or 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.



«I have enjoyed both my teachers, especially Michelle C. who is an excellent teacher in every way. I have found everyone at the Y most generous and thoughtful, which usually means that someone in command knows what he is doing.  By everyone, I mean you (foreign student counsellors), for starters, then all the teachers, then the students, the people who run the health club, Sophie down at the little café in the lobby. Thank you for your cordial response to my presence at the Y.  I hadn't realized that there was an afternoon Conversation class.  I am glad I took it because it made all the difference in my usage of the grammar Michelle taught in the morning. Now I must find a way to continue practicing what I learned.» Sincere thanks, Christine (USA), October 2015.

«I want to thank everybody at the YMCA International Language School for giving special attention to my requests and for giving me the opportunity to improve my English and gain more confidence. I also want to spread the word that the YMCA has excellent English teachers.»  Maria Eugenia (Mexico), October 2015.


«Celebro el fin de una etapa muy especial en mi vida, me despido de grandes amigos y maestros a quienes les doy infinitas gracias por todo lo que me enseñaron, por acompañarme, por aguantarme todas las veces que los fui a molestar a la recepción! jeje!En mi memoria, guardo el día de mi ingreso al YMCA, lleno de emociones, curiosidades, nerviosismo, pero al mismo tiempo…alegría!Finalmente entro al salón de clase donde encontré amigos de diferentes culturas: tantos momentos compartidos. Muchos se fueron, otros llegaron, pero todos encontramos ese “algo” especial que esta gente bella del YMCA tiene.¡GRACIAS POR TODO!
Por último, quiero dejarles un mensaje a toda mi gente (a mis compañeros y maestros) y en especial a mis amigos que se quedan: aprovechen sus días e este magnífico colegio, porque el tiempo se pasa volando y entiendan que esto no es solo una escuela. Con el tiempo se vuelve nuestra segunda casa.» Juan Martin, Costa Rica (2010)